I'm a feature film writer, director and sometimes producer. My interest in cinema came at the age of 17. In the second last year my high school I decided to make a video film, where I gave teachers and classmates the leading roles. Later I started studying at the Utrecht School of the Arts where I made several short films and learned the basics of film writing and directing. In the 3rd year I wrote, directed the 25 min. feature "Gesloten" (aka "Locked") which was selected at some international film festivals.
We made "Villa de Ves" (33 min) as my graduation film. The film was shot in Belgium, starring Dirk Roofthoofd. Also "Villa de Ves" was awarded and selected at some film festivals. After the Utrecht School of the Arts I followed a scriptwriting workshop at the Scriptschool in Amsterdam and studied in Poland at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing for a year to develop my first long feature screenplay titled "Cornea".
While writing further I made more shorts films and documentaries like "Trans Siberian Voices" (selected at Semaine de la Critique @ Cannes Film festival) and "Missen" (aka Missing) nominated for a Palm d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 2009. "Missen" won many prizes. In 2014 the feature film "Cornea" was premiered in the Netherlands, starring Rifka Lodeizen and Juda Goslinga. "Cornea" won several awards; f.e: at the Fiorentino International Independent Film Festival "Best Film" and "Best Director" at the Nordic International Film Festival in New York. Besided other projects I have made the short film "Aziza" which was awarded and shown at international film festivals as well. I decided to start my own foundation Ulexite Films where our goal is to tell stories and have interesting debates. With that foundation we are now working on on a new short film "Bus from Adana" in Istanbul planned to shoot in 2022.